What Size Rod Should I Use for Surf Fishing?

Fishing from the shoreline can be a great way to catch some sizable fish and enjoy the outdoors, but it’s important to have the right equipment for surf fishing. One of the most important pieces of equipment for surf fishing is a rod. Choosing the right size for your rod can be tricky, but it is essential for successful surf fishing.

When selecting a rod for surf fishing, you should consider the types of fish that you are Targeting. For example, if you are looking to catch small baitfish such as sand eels or mullet, then you will need a shorter and lighter rod. On the other hand, if you are Targeting larger predatory fish such as striped bass or bluefish, then you will need a longer and heavier rod to help with casting farther out into deeper waters.

Another factor to consider when selecting a rod is its power rating. Rods are rated by their power rating which is based on how much pressure they can handle when casting and retrieving a line with bait or lures attached.

If your goal is to catch smaller fish such as sand eels or mullet, then you will want to use a light-power rod that has a soft tip and can handle lighter lines and baits effectively while still being able to cast far enough out into deeper waters. For larger predatory species such as striped bass or bluefish, a medium-power or heavy-power rod will be better suited for these type of fish since they require more pressure when reeling them in and usually require longer casts out into deeper waters.

Finally, it’s important to consider the type of reel that will be used with your chosen rod. If you plan on using spinning reels with your surf fishing rig, then you should choose rods that are designed specifically for spinning reels. These rods tend to have softer tips which help reduce fatigue when reeling in heavy catches from long distances away from shore.


Choosing the right size rod for surf fishing can be difficult but it is an essential part of successful shoreline fishing. It’s important to consider what type of fish you plan on catching and also what type of reel will be used before selecting your rod size so that it can handle both small baitfish and larger predatory species effectively while also reducing fatigue when casting farther out into deeper waters.

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Lindsay Collins